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Flowers In The Shadows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Based on the best-selling novel by comedian Gekidan-Hitori, Flowers in the Shadows (a.k.a. Kage Hinata ni Saku) is an ensemble comedy-drama about nine pathetic, yet lovable people whose unremarkable lives take an unexpected turn. Continuing to show new acting depths after his acclaimed performance in Hana, V6's Okada Junichi leads a talented cast that includes top actress Miyazaki Aoi (NANA), Miura Tomokazu (Adrift in Tokyo), Tsukamoto Takashi (A Song to the Sun), Ito Atsushi (Saiyuuki), Hirayama Aya (Back Dancers!), and veteran actor Nishida Toshiyuki. Director Hirakawa Yuichiro (Sono Tokiwa Kare ni Yoroshiku) brings a warm touch to his second film, giving extraordinary life to anonymous faces in the shadows.

Deeply mired in debt, compulsive gambler Shinya (Okada Junichi) resorts to joining a scam ring to pay off his loans. While living in the gutters, he meets Hisako (Miyazaki Aoi), a young woman tracing the story of her mother's (also Miyazaki Aoi) past love with a comedian (Ito Atsushi). In another parts of town, B-list idol Myako (Hirayama Aya) is on the verge of losing her job, but an opportunity suddenly appears that changes both her career and her relationship with otaku idol-chaser Yusuke (Tsukamoto Takashi). Meanwhile, power businessman Ryutaro (Miura Tomokazu) is so inspired by his encounter with a homeless man (Nishida Toshiyuki) that he too decides to begin a new life on the sidewalks. As a typhoon descends upon Tokyo, unrelated lives begin to cross over and a strange twist of fate befalls these quirky souls.

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Product Title: Flowers In The Shadows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 太陽向著陰天綻放 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 太阳向着阴天绽放 (DVD) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 陰日向に咲く Flowers In The Shadows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Kage Hinata ni Saku Kage Hinata ni Saku Kage Hinata ni Saku Kage Hinata ni Saku Kage Hinata ni Saku
Artist Name(s): Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Okada Junichi (Actor) | Miura Tomokazu | Hirayama Aya | Nishida Toshiyuki | Ogawa Tamaki | Ito Atsushi (Actor) | Tsukamoto Takashi 宮崎葵 (Actor) | 岡田准一 (Actor) | 三浦友和 | 平山綾 | 西田敏行 | 緒川環 | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 塚本高史 宫崎葵 (Actor) | 冈田准一 (Actor) | 三浦友和 | 平山绫 | 西田敏行 | 绪川环 | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 冢本高史 宮崎あおい (Actor) | 岡田准一 (Actor) | 三浦友和 | 平山綾 | 西田敏行 | 緒川たまき | 伊藤淳史 (Actor) | 塚本高史 Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Okada Junichi (Actor) | Miura Tomokazu | Hirayama Aya | Nishida Toshiyuki | Ogawa Tamaki | Ito Atsushi (Actor) | Tsukamoto Takashi
Director: Hirakawa Yuichiro 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 平川雄一朗 Hirakawa Yuichiro
Release Date: 2010-01-25
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1022067177

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導演:《在世界中心呼喚愛》平川雄一朗

此片改編於日本相聲“劇團一人”的首本小說《陰日向に咲》,“劇團一人”亦曾上演過《電車男》的電視劇。小說原著描寫9名小人物爲生活努力的故事,笑中帶淚,在2006年出版後廣受好評。這是他首次執筆寫書,結果好評如潮,表現出“劇團一人”多才多藝的一面,銷量至今在日本已衝破100萬本。電影則由電視劇《在世界中心呼喚愛》導演平川雄一郎執導;宮崎葵一人飾演母女兩個角色,其他主演有岡田准一(V6成員)、伊藤淳史(電車男)、塚本高史(死亡預告)、西田敏行(華麗一族)等豪華陣容。故事講述日本東京的盛夏,生活在這個都市裡的平凡人,有光鮮體面的上班族、充滿陽光朝氣的人,也有碌碌無爲的追星族、彷徨在陰暗處的人等等,但無論是誰都在用自己的方式努力奮鬥。

原著小說《陰日向に咲》由數個短篇組成,這套電影把九個人物故事串聯起來。劇情中他們都有自己的困難,沒法解開的心結,卻依然以自己的方式努力地活著。

在盛夏的東京,一位沉迷賭博的觀光巴士司機澤渡伸也(岡田准一飾),因好賭欠下一身巨債,在走投無路下,決定敲詐木星小鳥老太太。但是澤渡看見她沒錢做手術,決定反過來替她湊錢,最後和老太太變成好朋友。最終一分錢也沒有騙到手的澤渡,偶然下在街上認識了壽子(宮崎葵飾)。壽子是為了完成母親的心願來到東京,澤渡在好奇心使喚下,帶她去到母親在35年前的相聲表現劇場,一起尋找以前的相聲搭擋雷太先生(伊藤淳史飾);厭倦一直替兒子澤渡還債的上班族龍太郎,十分嚮往露宿者光仔的自由生活,想跟他交換身份生活下去;秋葉原歌星宮子和她的御宅族歌迷勇介,他們的百感交集戀愛命運。九個看似毫無瓜葛的人,卻被緣份牽引在一起,各人都來到人生交叉點……
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Customer Review of "Flowers In The Shadows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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April 9, 2010

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Complex story yields rewarding results Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Flowers in the Shadows" seems to be a movie in the shadows, an overlooked gem about the causes and effects of missed opportunities. Ingeniously constructed like an intertwining set of Mobius loops, the film features fascinating characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. At the center of it all are Shinya (Okada Junichi) and Hisako (Miyazaki Aoi, adorably cute as ever).

Shinya, a tour company bus driver, is nearing the end of his rope; crushed by overweening parental expectations, Shinya has alienated his family and coworkers and angered loan sharks by borrowing money that never gets repaid because he squanders it on his all-consuming pachinko habit. Hisako is a lonely young woman determined to track down the failed burlesque hall comedian who was her late mother's one true love, but who had left her mother in pursuit of the stripper for whom he fruitlessly pined. With nowhere left to turn, Shinya decides to help Hisako in her quest. Filling out the story in delightfully surprising ways are downmarket idol singer Miyako (Hirayama Aya) and her besotted otaku Yusuke (Tsukamoto Takahashi), a homeless man known as Moses (Nishida Toshiyuki) who appears to be the father of a famed baseball pitcher, and salaryman Ryutaro (Miura Tomokazu) who is drawn to Moses's seemingly carefree lifestyle.

The film's first half effectively mixes zany comedy, affecting human stories, and a bit of violence in a manner akin to the films of Itami Juzo. The second half turns much more sentimental, as the heartbreaking connections between these seemingly disparate lives are revealed. The complexity of the film's story requires an attentive audience, but the superb cast and the multiple resonances of the intriguing stories make "Flowers in the Shadows" a richly rewarding experience.
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